All in a Day

I love children’s books.  One of my very favorite authors is Cynthia Rylant.  There is not a single book by her that I don’t love.  Her book All in a Day is at the top of my favorites list.  The poem is beautiful – the message so true and important for a person of any age or faith.  The artwork by Nikki McClure is fantastic (incredibly intricate paper cutouts).  I wanted to share this with you in hopes that it will inspire and remind you to make this day count.  To live in the moment and to embrace the simple joys of life.  Often times I find myself thinking ahead or looking back and this book is a sweet reminder that today is where it’s at.  I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do…

A day is a perfect piece of time
to live a life,
to plant a seed,
to watch the sun go by.
A day starts early,
work to do,
beneath a brand-new sky.
A day brings hope
and kindness, too…
a day is all its own.
You can make a wish,
and start again,
you can find your way back home.
Every bird and every tree
and every living thing
loves the promise in a day,
loves what it can bring.
There is a faith in morningtime,
there is belief in noon.
Evening will come whispering
and shine a bright round moon.
A day can change just everything,
given half a chance.
Rain could show up at your door
and teach you how to dance.
The past is sailing off to sea,
the future’s fast asleep.
A day is all you have to be,
it’s all you get to keep.
Underneath that great big sky
the earth is all a-spin.
This day will soon be over
and it won’t come back again.
So live it well, make it count,
fill it up with you.
The day’s all yours, it’s waiting now…
See what you can do.

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